Family Dentistry Durham, NC

Dr. Erika Graham is a family dentist in Durham, NC that helps patients of all ages receive professional dental care. She works with parents and their children to find the best treatment methods possible. Understanding the needs of each patient, regardless of age, can make it easier for patients to visit the dentist on regular patients.

Dr. Graham also helps adults and children with dental fear or anxiety. She understands that it may be difficult for some patients to feel comfortable at the dentist. Her goal is to create a friendly environment where patients of all ages feel comfortable receiving care.

Family Dentist in Durham, North Carolina

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Family dentistry is a general dental treatment because it helps prevent oral health problems down the road. A key aspect of preventative care is routine visits. During your child’s first visit to our office, we will provide:

  • Dental cleaning
  • Diagnostic x-rays and tooth charting
  • Cavity screening
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Gum and TMJ evaluation

Routine dental visits allow our team to keep track of any changes in your child’s oral health. These visits also help us establish a relationship with you and your child so we can better understand your concerns and oral health needs. We recommend that parents schedule their child’s first dental visit after their first tooth emerges.

Our team may also recommend dental sealants to cover the teeth and reduce the risk of gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay. Sealants are a thin coating that can protect the teeth from bacteria, plaque, and food particles for multiple years. We recommend dental sealants for children from the ages of 5 to 7.

Children are more prone to cavities, so it is important that they receive protective and preventative care.

Caring for Baby Teeth

Primary or baby teeth are placeholders for permanent teeth and are essential to the future development and health of the smile. Taking care of baby teeth can also support speech development. You can clean your child’s mouth even before their first tooth emerges.

Clean their gums with a wet washcloth to wipe off food particles from the gums. Cleaning the gums removes harmful bacteria that can lead to gum disease and eventual tooth decay. When your child’s first tooth does emerge, use an infant toothbrush to gently brush their teeth.

Adult Dental Treatments

Our cosmetic and restorative treatments benefit more mature patients. Dental implants, dental bridges, dentures, veneers, crowns, and bonding are some of the most common treatments that help patients revitalize their smiles. Single dental implants, as well as implant-secured dentures and dental bridges, restore one or more missing teeth.

Porcelain veneers, tooth crowns, and dental bonding address weakened, damaged, and discolored teeth.

Are you looking for a family dentist near you in Durham? Call Oak Grove Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at 919-899-4467 or schedule a dental consultation with our team online. Do you have any more questions about our practice? Call us or let us know at your next appointment. Our dental office serves patients from Durham and Oak Grove, North Carolina.